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Interview Q&A with Mark Kuglin



We offer our first and exclusive Q&A Interview with Mark Kuglin, a writer whose literary works have been featured on our Spillwords pages as well as being Author of the Month of July 2018.


  1. What does it mean to be selected as Author of The Month?

Although I have had some minor success, I am still relatively new to publishing. Therefore, I’m quite pleased to know that the Spillwords community has found my work enjoyable. I am deeply honored by their recognition.

  1. How have your friends and/or family influenced your writing?

I don't fully base my characters on people I know or someone I’ve met. However, I have used some of their personality traits. I find it particularly useful when I get stuck: How would that “trait holder” act or respond?

  1. What inspires you to write?

Obviously, I write with the hope that others will find what I’ve done entertaining. However, I try to create works that are unique and a bit out of the box. I have no interest, whatsoever, in writing anything that follows a tried and true formula.

  1. What was your writing catalyst?

My initial catalyst was positive feedback. Once I received enough, it enabled me to overcome a mountain of self doubt.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your writing process?

I used to write first drafts with a general destination in mind. After I completed it, I would go back and revise, rewrite and edit as needed. Now, I write with a very loose idea. Each time I sit down to work, I reread what I’ve done and make corrections as I go. I find this method to be less time consuming and stressful. It's also more conducive to my creativity.

  1. What would you say is most fulfilling about writing?

Although I greatly enjoy reading and getting comments from everyone, my favorite ones come from other writers. There's no better compliment than one from your peers.

  1. Does the addition of imagery help to tell your story?

Imagery is essential to telling a story. However, I think it's important to not overdo it with descriptive terms. It's one thing to set the scene but too much can inadvertently disengage the reader’s imagination.

  1. What is your favorite reading genre?

I enjoy a number of different genres but I have a particular fondness for crime fiction.

  1. What human being has inspired you the most?

This may surprise some people but the human being who has inspired me the most is Marcus Aurelius. The first time I read his “Meditations” it moved me deeply.

  1. What message would you have for the Spillwords Press community that voted for you?

I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Your act— which may have seemed routine or relatively inconsequential— has been a huge boost to my confidence as a writer. I wish all of you well in your endeavors.

  1. What would you like your legacy as a writer to be?

I write with the hope that my stories affect at least one person. If I achieve it, that change is my legacy.

Mark Kuglin

Mark Kuglin

JULY 2018 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Mark Kuglin is an American expat currently living and working near Ensenada, Mexico. He writes fiction, poetry and the occasional essay. Samples of his work can be found on his website 'Mark Kuglin'.
Mark Kuglin

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